Baseball: Sweep Leaves Marion Tied At Top

By Jun Endo (Story) and Chris Earl (Video), Reporters

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MARION — Marion swept Vinton-Shellsburg in a conference baseball doubleheader Wednesday night, 3-2 and 5-1, and are tied for first place with Benton Community in the Wamac West Division.

Junior Quinn Cannoy got the win in the nightcap, surrendering two runs on five hits and striking out five.

“After the first game, I think it gave the team momentum,” Cannoy said. “I just wanted to throw strikes and let the defense work.”

After singles by Caleb Stekl and David Kuhn, Cannoy doubled to left field score both teammates.

“I wanted to hit the ball hard and make the defense make a play,” Cannoy said about his double. “If the ball was hit hard, I would have been happy but it ended up being a double.

After a two-out double by junior Christian Stekl in the fifth inning, senior Trev Biery singled to right field after a diving attempt by Vikings outfielder Max Griffith.

In the fifth inning, Vikings sophomore Aaron Henderson hit a sacrifice fly to score junior Griffin Williams, who had led off with a double and advanced on a wild pitch.

Vikings senior Daniel Ervin was charged with the loss, pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up five runs on eight hits and striking out two.

In the first game, the Indians won in a walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth inning when senior Alex Charipar hit a ball off the left field wall to drive in junior Logan Fuller from second base.

The Indians had a chance to win it in the seventh inning when senior Levi Lochner came up with the bases load with two outs but lofted a fly ball to the left fielder.

“It was a good high school baseball game,” coach Steve Fish said. “We pitched very well and had timely hitting, which we needed to score those runs.

“We have a young team this year and they truly need to understand their strengths and weaknesses.”

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